Just a quick conditions report from last Saturday 7/13/13 at Devil's Backbone/Pot Peak in Chelan: good.
Alright, maybe a little more detail:
Got shuttled up Shady Pass Rd. (5900) from 25-Mile Creek campground. The road was in decent shape -- no snow, with a couple of chundery loose spots in the usual places. There was a small blow-down on the spur to the DB trailhead at the Handy Springs CG, but easy to go around.
Devil's Backbone was in pretty good shape -- no more loose and rocky than usual. It doesn't look like there's been a lot of moto traffic up there yet, maybe because of the sizable double blow-down at about mile 3. There were also one or two trees down right past the lookout on the descent towards the talas field hike, but overall that DH was clear.
Talas field sucked as usual. There was still a patch of snow on the top of the ridge.
Pot Peak was excellent! A little brushy in spots; but the trail surface was amazing and I don't think there was a blow-down for the entire 10 mile DH. It's always a bit loose and sandy; but it railed on Saturday. Again, it doesn't look like there's been a ton of motos yet -- many of the segments that are typically rutted out were in great shape!
Didn't see anyone else out there with the exception of a couple of hikers at the very bottom. I did freak out a couple of quail mobbing the DH and spotted a deer or two, but no bears or other wildlife...
Stopped to pick up my beer in the creek, then spun the unpleasant upwind eight and a half miles back to the cabin.
FYI, for those thinking about Safety Harbor/Uno Peak on the other side of the lake, Grade Creek Rd. (8200) from Manson to South Navarre CG is now open -- fire ops are all wrapped up and, apparently, the road wasn't heavily damaged. However, Safety Creek is running very high right now so if you try to do the full Uno Peak loop it might end up being a very, very long day hiking all the way back around unless you brought a block-and-tackle rig to ford the creek. Might be OK by this weekend, but definitely call the Chelan FS station for current conditions.
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